Jody Wallace grew up in the present day United States in a very rural area. Okay, not present day, but, you know, in the past couple of decades. She went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and loafing. Her meatloafs, in particular, are stellar. Her resume includes English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, and general, all around pain in the butt. Ms. Wallace’s approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. That trait is really on display in her SFR (Science Fiction Romance) spoof, The Adventures of Mari Shu.
About the series:
Mari Shu, a factory drudge in the year 4000-something, must choose how to protect her sisters, her purity, and her own conscience in a bleak futuristic society that’s been polluted by smog, rampant commercialism, tacky jumpsuits, sexual perversions, unjust socioeconomics, interstellar travel, and inconsistent use of the Oxford comma.
Parodies peel back the layers of a genre in interesting, and often hilarious ways. In the case of Jody Wallace’s The Adventures of Mari Shu, the laser-sharp focus is science fiction and sci-fi romance. This new series is an epic parody in the vein of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Only with more sexxoring and goo. The first two volumes, Earthbound Passion and Martian Conquest, have been unleashed throughout the galaxy.
So we could learn more about Jody Wallace’s new series, I met with her at the Olde Earth Parks and Rec Commission. While standing in a mile-long line to look at some grass, we chatted about widgets, *** seals, and criminal hovercycle gangs.
Sharon Lynn Fisher writes books for the geeky at heart – sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance. She has a passion for world-building and twisty plots, and themes that recur in her writing include what it means to be human and symbiosis in human relationships.
Her latest release is The Ophelia Prophecy, a biopunk flavored, post-apocalyptic tale out now from Tor. A mix of light science, heavy moral conflicts, and sizzling sexual tension, The Ophelia Prophecy is sure to please the romance reader looking for something different, or the SF fan looking for something hot.
After Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express and Sharon binge-watched all 110 episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast-because, you know, Zorak-they chatted about The Ophelia Prophecy, freaky orange cats, and praying mantis sex.
Heather Massey: Describe a typical week for Sharon Lynn Fisher.
Sharon Lynn Fisher: I’m not sure there’s any such thing – a result of being a freelancer and a half-time single parent! My working hours (which can occur at any hour, any day of the week, in any state of dress) are divided between my contracted fiction, new writing projects, and my work as senior editor for SilkWords, a new “pick your own path” romance short story site. Whatever is left goes to my daughter, my boyfriend and HIS daughter, and one freaky orange cat.
Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express. She’s also an author in the subgenre, her most recent title being Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts. In her spare time, she roams the sea of stars as an automaton space pirate.
Five Ways an Automaton Gunslinger Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Traditionally we think of money, a nice house in the suburbs, a good night’s sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet as ways to improve the quality of our lives. Nine times out of ten, those strategies are pretty effective. But another option exists…one that heretofore has flown under the proverbial radar.
I’m talking about automaton gunslingers.
Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express. She’s also an author: Her latest book is Queenie’s Brigade, coming October 2011 from Red Sage Publishing. To learn more about her published work, visit www.heathermassey.com.
The Dirty Dozen…in Space
Stories featuring a ragtag group of underdogs who unite for a common good are probably as old as Time itself. Many of us can relate to these types of characters because their flaws make them infinitely accessible. It’s a great fantasy: the idea that even the lowliest scum of the universe can find redemption and save the day.
I first came across this trope as a teen in the anime series Space Cruiser Yamato, a.k.a. Star Blazers. Remember ol’ Sargeant Knox of the Space Marines (Hajime Saito in the original Japanese series)? I love that asshole! Full of bluster and swagger, he didn’t take shit from anyone. But when the battle against the Comet Empire reached its darkest hour, even a bastard like him didn’t ignore the call of duty.
Now that’s what I call a hero.
So years later, when I finally watched The Dirty Dozen, the ultimate criminals-turned-heroes story, I was in seventh heaven. Then I started wondering about what other kinds of stories like that existed, because I need to watch/read them. Also, were any of them set in space or a futuristic setting? As a result of my search, this is what I found (all are films unless denoted otherwise):
Guest blogger Heather Massey travels the sea of stars searching for science fiction romance adventures aboard The Galaxy Express. Additionally, she pens a science fiction romance column for LoveLetter, Germany’s premier romance magazine.
When it comes to genres, science fiction is my first love. I love the concepts, the grand plots, the gadgets, the space battles, the intricate worldbuilding, and all of the scientific woo-woo. Yet at the same time, I want to laugh. I want to cry. I want to be scared, disturbed, shocked. Am I being greedy? Heck yeah…and more power to me!
Therefore, I tend to gravitate toward stories where the human element enhances the speculative elements in some manner. Characters with a wide range of emotions only make science fiction tales better. Science affects worlds, civilizations, and the physical universe, but it also affects human relationships. For me, emotional engagement with the characters-especially if a relationship is at stake-is crucial to my enjoyment of science fiction.
And romantic SF is one way to deliver that payload.